Hal 9000 said:
Eh, we just start the scene with the Palpatine message already playing, concluding right before Rose asks, “Do we believe this?” The audience doesn’t need to be told it’s Palpatine; we met him already.
It feels like people are getting all hooked up on the resistance not hearing something or having something played for them? Palps has been revealed to the audience, does their need to be some like … more confirmation of that? The resistance is already surprised by this and can’t believe it … do what’s the issue? I’m trying to follow this rational but don’t quite get it.
Because he was revealed to the Audience, not the Resistance. There are a lot of things that get revealed to the audience but not the heroes, such as Chewie’s survival. If it’s a major foundation to the motivation of the heroes, it should be in the film.
They decode the code and Poe says “Palpatine is alive.” They learn of his “survival/revival” from the message. So … it is revealed to them. They get intel from a spy and then tell their group they’ve decoded it and Palps is alive. So … yeah. It is revealed. Both sides know he is alive without them literally having to hear stuff. The audience knows, they know and acknowledge it.
I guess you missed where everyone discussed hating the contrived line of “Somehow, Palpatine returned”. They also never really receive the message that took forever to transfer and got an informant decapitated; if it’s just that line of intel, surely they didn’t need to transfer it to R2 more slowly than saying it out loud.